Lauded Canadian author Alice Munro became the first Canadian in Nobel history to win the big prize for literature on Thursday.

She was also only the 13th woman to get the world's highest honour for writing in the Swedish academy's 112-year history.

While we think there are many women authors worthy of the prize, here's a look back at all the female Nobel literature winners from 1909-2013.

Check out a list of all 44 Nobel laureates -- from the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize to the top awards for chemistry, physics and medicine.

It's worth noting that Nobel winner Doris Lessing has one of the best reactions ever to being informed about her win.

Which other Canadians and/or women novelists, short story writers, poets and essayists do you think deserve a Nobel prize? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • 2013: Alice Munro

    Canada <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2013/munro-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "master of the contemporary short story"

  • 2009: Herta Müller

    Germany/Romania <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2009/muller-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed"

  • 2007: Doris Lessing

    United Kingdom/Iran <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2007/lessing-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny"

  • 2004: Elfriede Jelinek

    Austria <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2004/jelinek-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's cliches and their subjugating power"

  • 1996: Wislawa Szymbo

    Poland <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1996/szymborska-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality"

  • 1993: Toni Morisson

    United States <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1993/morrison-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality"

  • 1991: Nadine Gordimer

    South Africa <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1991/gordimer-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity"

  • 1966: Nelly Sachs

    Sweden/Germany <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1966/sachs-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation:</a> "for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel's destiny with touching strength"

  • 1945: Gabriela Mistral

    Chile <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1945/mistral-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world"

  • 1938: Pearl Buck

    United States <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1938/buck-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces"

  • 1928: Sigrid Unset

    Norway <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1928/undset-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "principally for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages"

  • 1926: Grazia Deladda

    Italy <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1926/deledda-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general"

  • 1909: Selma Lagerlöf

    Sweden <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1909/lagerlof-facts.html" target="_blank">Prize motivation</a>: "in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings"

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